Capt Scott and Crew members, Mika, Mckayla and Brandon took the 12.15, Ocean Magic out of the harbour and headed west to find the two Humpback Whales that had been reported south west of Victoria. We found them with in 20 minutes of leaving the harbour. They were adult whales and were traveling slowly with foraging behaviours. These behemoths were obliging with deep dives that would show our guests, their massive flukes supporting cascading water falls, as they dove below the surface. Farther to the west ,we found a female with her small 2011 calf. These two were in traveling mode moving further out west. Following this encounter we headed toward Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where we found California and Steller Sea Lions. Harbour seals were also seen lounging on rocks. Observing the amazing wildlife on the west-coast is a great way to spend a summer, sunny afternoon.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.